Monthly Archives: October 2012

Take a Step Outside Your Wine Comfort Zone and Try Something Different

It’s easy to fall into a rut when you’re buying wines. Like an after-work choice of clothes that’s often limited to a ratty old pair of sweats, we grab a familiar favorite and ignore virtually everything else within reach. Today I’ll try to nudge you out of your comfort zone by offering a few wine […]

Two Great Wine Events Coming to the Northwest in November

If you enjoy attending northwest wine festivals as much as I do, I’ve got a couple of recommendations for upcoming events that are certain to whet your appetite. For an excellent food and wine festival with a local flair, be sure to consider Bellingham Bay Rotary Club’s Grape & Gourmet on November 4. This is […]

Artisan Wine Gallery a Great Place To Visit While on Lummi Island

Washingtonians know that we live in a fairly spectacular little corner of the world. And in the northwest corner of that little corner, Whatcom County is home to a diverse, vibrant population, stunning natural resources and excellent opportunities for wine tasting. You just knew I was going to fit the wine tasting thing in there, […]

Planning a Trip to Oregon Wineries? Start with the Portland Area

Occasionally I get a request to feature a winery from Oregon, where, as in Washington, the wine industry has increased dramatically over the past decade. Oregon now boasts over 400 wineries, but because production is relatively small – generally running about 20 to 25-percent of Washington’s annual production – it’s often difficult to find Oregon […]

Pullman’s Merry Cellars Gets Better With Age

My first visit to Merry Cellars in Pullman was about three years ago. I recall there were a few good wines and some that were so-so and overall it was a perfectly average experience. But a return trip to the new tasting room last month turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. People were […]